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  1. Personally, I would be pleased if P&O did this too as I rather fancy a Caribbean trip with them (having lost my booking on AJ in Nov 2021).
  2. I did exactly the same with ABTA plus, separately, a credit card charge back request with my bank for the "Additions" package I bought directly from CMV. I hope I'll receive some monies back by Christmas!
  3. I should guess that whoever buys her will want to put their own name to her. I, too, was booked on the AJ for her Caribbean cruise in November next year and very disappointed that won't happen especially as it was the first time I was ever going to have a cabin with a balcony. Oh well.
  4. I apologise for the cookies etc on the SKY piece. I had not realised the problem for some.
  5. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-cruise-line-cmv-races-for-funds-to-keep-it-afloat-12008553?fbclid=IwAR2wiPTnKVGY4CrAGs9N04lGb3Qc6X9RQu3iAwgPAFAYckrtC3jr3a_FLis Fingers crossed that this is just a blip.
  6. As I have said elsewhere I would be totally surprised if there are any cruises this year. To a greater or lesser extent most of the world still has degrees of COVID-19 which, without a vaccine, is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Cunard, for one, has taken a realistic view by cancelling all cruises until November. I would be surprised if other lines do anything different. Where are they to go in any case? Personally, I think CMV has treated its passengers with cruises booked for the next few months with some contempt and people do not forget. There are many other cruise lines and I suspect that ex CMV passengers will be finding their way towards them once the world opens up again. I am seriously considering cancelling my proposed world cruise with them due next January, and booking with P&O or Cunard instead for 2022.
  7. My wife and I have been self isolating since mid March relying on our wonderful neighbours and the supermarkets' online deliveries. We both go out for short daily walks - separately, so we have something to talk about on our return! - and use Skype regularly to talk to our children and their families. We haven't yet ventured into our local town and won't do so until we feel it is really safe and the level of coronavirus infections has reduced more (although we do have one of the lowest in England at present). My wife, who is not travelling on Columbus, is worried if the cruise goes ahead and there is a COVID-19 outbreak onboard that I will be confined to my inside cabin for some unspecified period and will suffer. She doeswant me to go because she knows it's probably my last chance in life and I will enjoy it (like 2018) but, equally, she is nervous about what may happen.
  8. Well, despite what looks inevitable, we have to stay optimistic that the trip will go ahead albeit in a different form from originally advertised. Keep safe yourself.
  9. Hi, Although I didn't personally visit the Jade Spa & Beauty Salon - at my age I doubt they could do anything to improve my looks! - several of my female friends onboard did (and several times too). I can remember them saying how enjoyable it had been and that they had experienced different treatments including hairdressing. In terms of cost I quote an example from a "Welcome On Board" brochure given out at the start of my 2018 world trip: "One Hour of Pure Massage Indulgence!": 20 mins head and face massage 20 mins back, neck and shoulder massage 20 mins foot and ankle massage £52. Another one I found says: "Recover, strengthen and protect your hair with this innovative treatment. Get a free wash and blow dry if you book today at our special price: £42". Naturally, I have not idea how representative this is of land costs. The brochure also mentions that a full list of prices and services is to be found in your cabin. I am sure that there will be others on this forum who have actually used the Spa in person. Stephen
  10. The above seems to prove what I have found - the onboard crews tend to display much better customer relations than the office and administrative staff. I accept they are probably feeling some what overwhelmed at the moment (who wouldn't be?) but if other cruise companies can update customers on a regular basis and treat them in a professional way there is no apparent reason why CMV shouldn't do the same. They must have an eye on their future too: customers do not forget their experience and CMV should always remember there are other cruise companies vying for business. I have not been impressed with what I have read over the past months on their singular lack of customer appreciation. I also accept that some customers tend to exaggerate their situations.
  11. Hi hopcyns, I wouldn't call myself very experienced but I was lucky enough on my world trip in 2018 to take advantage of a number of HOHO buses. Their big, and obvious, advantage, as I see it, is that if you only have a limited time in port (as we often do) it gives you the chance to maximise seeing as much of the sights as possible. Often, ship's excursions often tend to have more of a narrow focus on a particular set of places rather than a more general view. Even if they do a tour of a city, excursion buses don't always stop where you want and time off bus can be very limited. Just time for a quick photo or two. As HOHOs tend to run the route/routes on a regular timetable you get the chance to get off, see what you (rather than a guide) want and then, if you time it right, not have too long to wait to be picked up to continue the tour. Sometimes you get a little bonus e.g one I took in Hong Kong also included a trip on the Peak Train and a sampan ride included in the price. Prices for HOHOs tend to be much of a muchness I found but are no more expensive than a ship organised excursion and may even be cheaper. They are certainly more extensive. Commentaries are generally good: I remember the HOHO at Darwin which had a great - and amusing - commentary and was one of my very favourite trips. In some places there may be more than one HOHO company so it's worth comparing prices and routes. If the RTW in 2021 comes off I am thinking, at the very least, to take the HOHOs in Cartegena, Cape Town, Singapore, Sydney (once again but a different route from 2018) and Lisbon. Bali is also a possibility. It's worth doing some advance research on the places you plan to take a HOHO. You can usually download route maps from the companys' internet sites and you will also get an idea of the costs involved. Some people book in advance which can have a cost advantage but I prefer just to roll up and pay on the day. The vagaries of cruise travel mean you don't always arrive when you supposed to or even at all, if the weather or other factors intervene so an advance ticket might turn out to be just a scrap of worthless paper. As you can probably tell I'm a HOHO fan! Best wishes, Stephen
  12. For your and my sake, I hope it happens but I'm afraid I am getting more and more pessimistic about it given the world-wide situation at present. I know we have 6 months before embarkation in Tilbury but will the programmed ports be willing/able to take cruise ships in the first 4 months of next year? The Seychelles Government has already closed Victoria until 2022. How many others will follow suit?
  13. I am very grateful for the responses to my question re ABTA. At least now I have more information on which to base a final decision on whether to go ahead and pay the full fare or cancel and lose my deposit. Thank you.
  14. "so the best consumer advice in the UK is to pay the balance and request a refund when/if the cruise is cancelled as that should result in a full refund (at some stage), and would be covered by ABTA if the company collapses before the refund is made." Just to clarify for my tiny brain. If CMV were to go bust and I had paid the full fare would ABTA, in due course, refund the whole sum or only a partial amount?
  15. Although my cabin, as I indicated before, was on deck 10 so far as I know they are all to the same standard and layout. Unlike when I travelled, of course, there are now kettles in the cabin. Hope you have a great trip and the weather is favourable..
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